21 Quotes That We'd Like To See On The Norlin Library Entrance

21 Quotes That We'd Like To See On The Norlin Library Entrance

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"WHO KNOWS ONLY HIS OWN GENERATION REMAINS ALWAYS A CHILD."

This text, etched in stone across Norlin's West entrance, has stared out at the sunset behind the mighty flatirons since the building was erected in 1940. In that time, it has seen a myriad of generations, students, and cultures. What it hasn't seen in these many years is change. Until now.

The quote is a simple one. Boiled down, it really just wants to stress the importance of education. It promotes knowledge beyond one's self and one's immediate surroundings, and that's totally cool. It's fitting quote for a library (and a History teacher's classroom decoration). It's a pocketable little phrase that you can whip out at class reunions to impress the one that got away by sounding like a wise old sage.

It also feels like I'm constantly being scolded and berated by my library, which keeps calling me a child. "Who knows only his own generation remains always a child" turns the library from a sanctuary of study into a bully (with a strong sense of importance for education) who keeps heckling me across the Quad. Come on, library, don't be like that. This is what I see when I look at my library.

Because I hope to reach out to other students who don't like to be bullied by their library, and most importantly, because I think it's hilarious, here is a compiled list of alternative quotes that would be a better fit:

1. Norlin Library: Come Sleep on Our Beds and Tell Your Friends You're Studying

2. Come for Your Textbook, Stay Because You're Lost in the Stacks

3. Netflix Works Here Too

4. Find Someone Attractive to Sit Next to and Impress Them with your Work Ethic Which We Both Know Is a Fluke

5. From Judy Blume to Nietzsche

6. We Have Animorphs!

7. More Open than the GOP Debate
(Easy target, I know)

8. Norlin Library: A Place to Study... Or a Place to Pretend to Study

9. Norlin Library: So Much Cooler Than All those Other Campus Libraries

10. As Featured in Playboy Magazine

11. It Smells Like Stale Sweat, Caffeine, and Self-Loathing in Here.

12. Norlin Library: A Place Where Everyone Pretends to be More Put Together Than They Actually Are

13. Let Us Put Our Words Inside You :)

14. Who Knows Only Their Own Generation Remains Always a Child

15. The Dali Lama Was Almost Here!

16. Norlin Library: Your Tuition Dollars Live Here

17. "How Fast Does a Zebra Have to Run Before it Looks Gray?" -- Demitri Martin

18. Your Parents Would Want You to be Here

19. FREE PENS!!

20. Norlin Library: Your First Choice for a Cheap Date

21. "When you ear out a man's tongue, you are not proving him a liar. You're only telling the world that you fear what he might say." -- Tyrion Lannister (This one might need a smaller font.)

All this to say that the time for change is upon us. There is no shortage of quotes and wisdom that would vamp our library's prestige.

Tune in next week when we rethink "Enter Here the Timeless Fellowship of the Human Spirit."

Cover Image Credit: coloradomagazine.org

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You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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